[The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) is just 4 weeks away from release (North America) but a lot of people are talking about what is intended to be a followup to the blockbuster. The 'followup' that I am talking about is of course is Captain America 3: Civil War which is set to be released on May 6 2016. For those that may be unfamiliar, the Civil War story arc was about a law that states that all heroes must reveal their identities to the public following the destruction of a small town which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of innocent people. Iron Man supported the law but Captain America did not and this led to an epic battle between former allies. Several characters were forced to pick a side. All of this ended after Cap surrendered to Stark because of the destruction that had happened because of their fighting however he was assassinated by a brainwashed Sharon Carter and the loyal HYDRA brute Crossbones.
There were so many characters in this story so fans believed that if it was going to be adapted into a film, it would be an Avengers film. When it was announced that Captain America 3 was going to adapt the story; there was mixed feelings amongst fans; some people believed that this was the best choice for Cap 3, because this story was very political and that is would suit Cap others believed that this would just be an Avengers film and that we would not see the conclusion to the Winter Soldier storyline, and that Iron Man was going to be front and center once more. Well judging by the film's synopsis it definitely feels like Avengers 3.
Following the events of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America which causes an epic battle between former allies.
Sounds just like the comics, and it sounds like Cap and Iron Man will have equal focus, furthermore since it is Captain America's film Iron Man is the main villain because he is on opposite sides with Steve. All though it sounds like an Avengers film, it will indeed still be Captain America 3 and Iron Man isn't even a main character. Both Marvel and Robert Downey Jr, previously said that this film worked because they cast Downey. Just because the needed him in the movie, doesn't necessarily mean he is a central character. Marvel needed Zola in Cap 2 in order to pull off the big twist but he was only in one scene and he dies! Even Downey himself previously said that this film is about Captain America not Tony Stark, furthermore during several interviews for the release of Captain America 2, The Russo Brothers said that Captain America 3 would continue where Cap 2 left off which means Steve, Sam and Natasha will be searching for Bucky and trying to turn him back into himself of course while also dealing with the biggest problem at the time, HYDRA. Iron Man isn't the villain of the film either; why else would Baron Zemo and Crossbones be in the film? Two of Steve's deadliest enemies certainly won't be sidelined therefore one can easily put together that Cap will be facing some of his own villains not Stark.
That being said, Cap and Stark will fight at some point since it is still the Civil War story, but it won't be because they hate each other now, but rather because they are forced to fight because of the current conflict they find themselves in. As for the cast, so far I think it's fine where it's at, Cap, Stark, Widow, Hawkeye, Panther, Falcon, Bucky, Zemo, Rumlow are enough if you ask me. But I wouldn't mind if Sharon Carter and Baron Strucker were in the film since they are prominent Captain America characters and they were in Cap 2 (Strucker was just a post-credit tease for A2). All of those talks about Thor, Hulk, The Twins, War Machine, Vision, Ant-Man, Wasp and now Daredevil are just rumors that are likely false. As for Spider-Man, seeing as how Marvel hasn't cast him yet and that filming on [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409) starts this week apparently, I think it's safe to say they are saving him for a post-credits sequence at best.
So even though Captain America's next film is adapting what seems like an Avengers story and certainly sounds like an Avengers film, it is still just a Captain America film at heart and I have no problem with that at all.